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A Nation Without Borders: The United States and Its World in an Age of Civil Wars, 1830-1910

A Nation Without Borders: The United States and Its World in an Age of Civil Wars, 1830-1910

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A Pulitzer Prize–winning historian’s "breathtakingly original" (Junot Diaz) reinterpretation of the eight decades surrounding the Civil War. "Capatious [and] buzzing with ideas."  —The Boston Globe

Volume 3 in the Penguin History of the United States, edited by Eric Foner

In this ambitious story of American imperial conquest and capitalist development, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Steven Hahn takes on the conventional histories of the nineteenth century and offers a perspective that promises to be as enduring as it is controversial. It begins and ends in Mexico and, throughout, is internationalist in orientation. It challenges the political narrative of “sectionalism,” emphasizing the national footing of slavery and the struggle between the northeast and Mississippi Valley for continental supremacy. It places the Civil War in the context of many domestic rebellions against state authority, including those of Native Americans. It fully incorporates the trans-Mississippi west, suggesting the importance of the Pacific to the imperial vision of political leaders and of the west as a proving ground for later imperial projects overseas. It reconfigures the history of capitalism, insisting on the centrality of state formation and slave emancipation to its consolidation. And it identifies a sweeping era of “reconstructions” in the late-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries that simultaneously laid the foundations for corporate liberalism and social democracy. 

The era from 1830 to 1910 witnessed massive transformations in how people lived, worked, thought about themselves, and struggled to thrive. It also witnessed the birth of economic and political institutions that still shape our world. From an agricultural society with a weak central government, the United States became an urban and industrial society in which government assumed a greater and greater role in the framing of social and economic life. As the book ends, the United States, now a global economic and political power, encounters massive warfare between imperial powers in Europe and a massive revolution on its southern border―the remarkable Mexican Revolution―which together brought the nineteenth century to a close while marking the important themes of the twentieth.


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ISBN-13: 9780143121787
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/05/2017
Series: The Penguin History of the United States
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 457,823
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Steven Hahn is a professor of history at New York University. His previous work of history, A Nation Under Our Feet, received the Pulitzer Prize in History (2004), the Bancroft Prize in History (2004), and the Merle Curti Prize in Social History (2004), and was a finalist for the Lincoln Prize and Frederick Douglass Prize. His other books include The Political Roots of Slavery and Freedom and The Roots of Southern Populism. He formerly taught at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Eric Foner ix

Prologue 1

Part 1 Empire and Union

Chapter 1 Borderlands 11

Chapter 2 Slavery and Political Culture 43

Chapter 3 Markets, Money, and Class 78

Chapter 4 Continentalism 114

Chapter 5 Border Wars 153

Chapter 6 Death of a Union 192

Part 2 Nation and Empire

Chapter 7 Birth of a Nation 233

Chapter 8 Defining a Nation-State 270

Chapter 9 Capitalism 317

Chapter 10 Imperial Arms 362

Chapter 11 Alternative Paths 401

Chapter 12 Reconstructions 448

Epilogue: Revolution, War, and the Borders of Power 501

Acknowledgments 519

Bibliography 523

Index 577

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